New allegations of sexual assault highlighted against rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal.

    22-Feb-2020
Fresh allegations have surfaced after a nun, who is at present a witness in the ongoing trial against the Bishop, has stated that Mulakkal hugged her and forcibly kissed her on the forehead at the convent in April 2017, The Indian Express reported.
 

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According to media reports, the nun alleged that the Bishop, towards the end of 2015, often used lewd language with sexual undertones including verbal descriptions of their body parts during online video chats.
 
The nun said since he was the head of the Diocese, she did not dare to oppose him as it would have led to her expulsion from the Church and added, it was due to the same fear that she did not file a formal police complaint.
 
Bishop Franco Mulakkal is a former bishop of the Jalandhar Diocese of the Catholic Church and an influential member of the clergy. At present, he is charged under the Indian Penal Code including 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement), 376C (sexual intercourse by a person in authority), section 377 (unnatural sex) and 506(1) (criminal threat). The charge sheet has 84 eyewitness statements including priests, bishops and nuns.
 
While talking to media, Sister Lucy Kalappura, one of the five nuns who waged a hunger strike against the rape-accused Bishop in 2018 and who was later expelled from the Franciscan Clarist Congregation (FCC), said the new testimony would help the case against Bishop Mulakkal.